Bridal Veils and Headpieces
While all brides like to choose their own bridal veils and headpieces, many of them choose to wear their mothers’ or grandmothers’ bridal veils and headpieces. For some, it is a tradition to pass down wedding gowns, veils, and headpieces from one generation to the next. If this is a tradition a bride wishes to begin or continue, it is important that proper care be given to both the wedding veil and bridal headpiece.
Preservation of Bridal Veils and Headpieces
After the big day, it is important that you properly preserve both the wedding veil and the headpiece, especially if it is your intention to pass them along. Some brides choose to use a professional service to preserve their wedding dresses, wedding headpieces and veils. If you want to do this yourself, take care to ensure that you preserve your veil by layering it gently between folds of acid-free tissue paper. If possible, you want to separate the veil from the headpiece and store it separately. If you are unable to separate the two, be sure to layer and fold the veil as stated, but station the headpiece so that it is last. Also, you want to form a support for the body of the headpiece, by not only wrapping it in the acid-free tissue paper, but also by using Styrofoam as a base of support. You want to maintain the headpiece shape by using the tissue paper and Styrofoam together, ensuring that it will maintain a stable position.
Lastly, you want to put both the bridal veil and headpiece in an acid-free and calcium carbonate-free box and seal it. Store the box(es) in dark dry areas such as underneath a bed or in a closet. It is important to understand that even in the best of circumstances, natural aging of certain materials does play a role in how well your wedding veil, headpiece, and gown will keep. Only time will tell. In some instances, certain things may need to be replaced. However, fortunately, there are professional restoration services readily available today.